November 2020

22 Nov 2020

To the Hosts

To the Hosts

Oh, it's just a tantrum
because he hates to go.
Let him get it out of his system.
Yes, he's setting fire
to your curtains,
but honestly, he's already
made such a wreck of your house,
what's the difference?
His feelings are delicate,
and he only has
two boxes of matches left -
where's the harm in humoring himc
until they're gone?

-- Carl Bettis


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17 Nov 2020

Time Has Gone Strange Because (poem)

Time Has Gone Strange Because

As long as they're flying
it's night.
Because they're flying,
I crouch.
They don't tire, and
I have been crouching for months
now, nearly a year now
it's been dark.
Cramp-knotted calves,
shoulder-hunched breath.
I long to stand, I remember
standing and want to stand,
to stand, to stand,
to stand, to stand!
If I do, they will snatch me.
I'll be one of them,
dragging night in circles,
in circles over this fallen city
where victims stand,
where people crouch.

-- Carl Bettis


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